Members of the Canadian Coast Guard from Atlantic Canada have been on P.E.I. for the last three days conducting 'mock oil spill' exercises.

On Thursday, members of the Coast Guard ran a drill on how to remove oil from a beach.

They do a similar drill in Atlantic Canada every year, but this is the first time they've been on P.E.I. since 2008.

Ron MacKay of the Coast Guard designed and evaluated the scenario.

“There hasn't been many oil spills lately, and thank heavens for that. But we need to keep our skills up and introduce our new employees on our different response strategies,” he said.

“Some of them, this is the first time working together. They're working together quite well as a team.”

Thursday marked the end of the three-day exercise.

Next year's exercise will happen in Cape Breton.